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O/T - Can you really "GET IN SHAPE" in your 50's?

Started 1278261730.493 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1278978881.313 by 8ball

Do you think it's possible to not only lose weight but also re-shape your body (build muscle and tone) in your 50's?

Has anyone here done it and/or know someone who has?

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thrash201278262438.6416 PostsRegistered 11/14/2009

Yes it is possible - first get doctor permission to exercise then start in. There is a 78 year old lady at our gym who is in fabulous shape - lifts weights, takes cardio classes and she is FIT.

lyn in MI1278262589.53324540 PostsRegistered 4/29/2007SW Michigan

Yes it is, but it is more difficult than when we are in our teens, 20's and 30's.

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swissmiss1278262685.292226 PostsRegistered 10/3/2005

Absolutely! I am 54 1/2 and weight train at least two times a week--and do cardio/tennis every day. I am not teeny tiny (I usually wear a size 6 and am 5'4") but I am toned. I wear shorts, tennis skirts and sleeveless tops without a thought.

Our bodies lose muscle more rapidly after age 40 but you can still build muscle with work. To get in shape past 50, you should do weight and resistance training 2-3 times a week, cardio at least 5 times a week to lose fat (so you can see those muscles and for heart health) AND watch your diet, eating lots of veggies, fruit and lean protein. Hope this helps!

sydsgma1278263001.273569 PostsRegistered 2/11/2008land of ice and snow and valley of the sun

I agree totally...when i retired 2 years ago at 61, I joined a gym, hired a trainer and work out 3-4 times a week. i have totally changed by body - down 2 sizes, built muscle and am stronger and have more endurance than I did 20 years ago.

I wear sleeveless tops and am toned. I am not small - wear a 12-14 and am 5'9". I am going through rehab for a knee replacement and have been able to manuever quite well because of the work that i did before hand.

Go for it!

Giggle a bit...it is good for the soul.

StylishLady1278263907.234007 PostsRegistered 11/25/2009Florida

Absolutely. I'm 75 and work out daily in my own home every morning (Sundays off) for at least an hour. I follow a mix of pilates and TV work outs like Classical Stretch. Do laps in my pool. I count calories and have my weight down to near what it was when I was married over 46 years ago. It takes a lot of will power, but certainly can be done. Best of all. I feel great and look pretty darn good in my clothes; and it's not just my husband telling me that.

Sile1278264171.9431224 PostsRegistered 2/3/2010

This is fabulous info! We all hear people on tv shows saying it can be done, but hearing from those who have actually done it is truly inspirational!{#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

Sile1278264246.6271224 PostsRegistered 2/3/2010
On 7/4/2010 StylishLady said:

Absolutely. I'm 75 and work out daily in my own home every morning (Sundays off) for at least an hour. I follow a mix of pilates and TV work outs like Classical Stretch. Do laps in my pool. I count calories and have my weight down to near what it was when I was married over 46 years ago. It takes a lot of will power, but certainly can be done. Best of all. I feel great and look pretty darn good in my clothes; and it's not just my husband telling me that.

May I ask if you have worked out all your adult life?

NurseRecru­iter1278266374.15713869 PostsRegistered 6/9/2005Suburban Chicago

I do believe it. Just might take longer.

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jellyBEAN1278266569.413398 PostsRegistered 6/6/2009

I think you can do it too. Some sort of daily exercise performed everyday that you enjoy and watch the sugars and carbs, and most definitely, you can tune up and tone up in your 50's.

mdmc1278267411.3531650 PostsRegistered 10/27/2007West Coast

You can but for me it took more than Pilates. I was not over weight and have a good body shape but noticed Pilates was not doing what I wanted. So I joined a gym 4 years ago. I also figured out it takes more than 2 or 3 days a week for me. I go every day if I can. I also lift heavy weights. I cannot get the results I want with 5 or 8 lb. weights. Now I am not suggesting anyone lift heavy weights or go to the gym every day. This is something that works for me. What I am saying is getting and staying in shape in your 50's is more work. I have heard people say you can get in shape going 2 or 3 day a week and doing Pilates but for me it just was not enough to build muscle and tone. I love working out and I love the way my body looks. I say get the o.k. from your doctor and go for it.

By the way I am 57

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Good4u1278268623.213194 PostsRegistered 1/12/2008USA - Midwest

It better be because I am in the process of doing it now, eating correctly and excercising. But am not there yet, but working toward it and it takes longer.

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Subject1278269030.80311269 PostsRegistered 2/24/2007

Of course! Muscle has memory.

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fallsnow561278270019.441201 PostsRegistered 8/12/2008

Absolutely! I am 53 and started Yoga about five months ago. I walk for cardio, but I have been amazed at how much I like Yoga and the benefits it provides. I was skeptical, but it calms me and tones me and helps with balance. I am also sleeping better than I have in years.

It takes longer when you older to see the results, but you absolutely can get in shape.

~bunny~1278272532.999850 PostsRegistered 5/17/2010

Yes you can. It will take alittle longer and you have to work harder.

If you have any health issues check with your doctor first. Good Luck.

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MarieIG1278273008.653522 PostsRegistered 7/15/2007

Yep, my mom did it in her 70s.

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PUMPKIN1278273165.607553 PostsRegistered 4/14/2006Indiana

I can only hope.

Cindy Shop­per1278273895.94310677 PostsRegistered 11/14/2007

Yes, you can! I am a cardiac nurse and you would not believe how many people this age are just getting started. It can be done. First see a doctor and make sure you are good to go. Then get to it. You will be surprise how much better you feel and how much you will lower your risk of cardiovascular disease as well as many other things. I wish you luck.

CraZLadE1278289356.9171259 PostsRegistered 12/29/2007moutains of Carolina

Definitely..like others said it just takes longer. I just turned 52 and work out 3 days/wk. I use weights and an exercise ball. I use an elipital machine which I like much better than a treadmill (I have arthritis). I used to weigh 104 thru high school, same after my 2 kids. When I hit late 40s and horrible menopause and all that fun stuff knocked on my door, I started gaining weight. Hated it since I was skinny my whole life. I decided to fight! I eat healthy and have lost weight and am tone. It's a lot of hard work and there are days that I'm very very sore but I just stick with it and see the payoff when I look in the mirror or if men still give me "cat calls"!!!!

Just walking alone helps. Anything but being sedentary and eating junk food. Our metabolism is slower so it's totally unfair but it is possible! I'm proof!

Good luck!

matthew1278289673.81357 PostsRegistered 5/7/2007richmond ca

Absolutely. I just turned 60 and am in great shape. I have always had a slender, muscular/athletic build and with regular strength training, pilates and yoga, I am looking pretty good.

AuntG1278289692.7236325 PostsRegistered 1/31/2009Wisconsin

I believe it is possible. Two people I know who are now in their sixties, started training for marathons when they turned 50. They are still running marathons and do well in their age group.

fashionfav­es1278289797.8973018 PostsRegistered 1/23/2005Just South of Sanity! ;)

When I saw this question I immediately thought of Helen Mirren. 63 and....WOW!!!

I'm 59 and have lost a lot of weight. I am having trouble getting toned. I'm not sure anything short of surgery will help me and I'm not going that route. Too much skin, not enough tone. Oh well!!! I still feel incredible and do not regret the weight loss.

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snowball1278290025.698473 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

How did you lose the weight fashionfaves? I need to lose some weight and it is all centered around my midsection. UGH!! I was always thin and now this. Only there.

Sawn1278290516.727676 PostsRegistered 2/9/2006

Absolutely, it is possible! I work out a lot - body pump at the gym 2 - 3 times a week, ride my bike for routine trips and just for fun in good weather. I use the elliptical at the gym if it's raining or cold out. I'm 53 1/2 and I can honestly say that I'm in better shape now than any other time in my life.

I especially love feeling strong from body pump class!

fashionfav­es1278291594.6273018 PostsRegistered 1/23/2005Just South of Sanity! ;)
On 7/4/2010 snowball said:

How did you lose the weight fashionfaves? I need to lose some weight and it is all centered around my midsection. UGH!! I was always thin and now this. Only there.

I have always fought my weight. What changed for me was that I found out I was a diabetic and had to cut back on "bad" carbs. I don't follow a special diet but I do journal everything I eat on Livestrong.com with The Daily Plate application. I paid for the "gold" version of it (regular version is free) so I can track fat, calories, sugar, blood sugar readings etc. and can see where I go wrong. I still have midsection problems too. I need to lose about 20 more pounds. I've lost 115 pounds. I also did it slowly. Probably slower than I would have needed to but I haven't gained any back that way. From my own experience, those FAST weight loss programs do take it off but I always put it right back on plus some more. I actually think this weight battle has to be harder for someone who has never had to fight it before. Wishing you all the best, snowball!

"If you have not often felt the joy of doing a kind act, you have neglected much, and most of all yourself."
A Neilen

snowball1278293390.18473 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

fashionfaves thank you so much for replying back to me. I think I will check that livestrong.com site out. My problem is I should be tracking what I eat and seeing it may really straighten me out. Best of luck to you too.

Can't wait to give it a try!!! I need to lose about 25 pounds.

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